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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Godden Cres in Mission Bay, Auckland, New Zealand by Dorrington Architects & Associates

September 25th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Dorrington Architects & Associates

This classic modern house is designed around a number of mature trees, in a park-like setting. The house is designed as a collection of blocks linked by a flat-roofed element, housing the entry and gallery. The gallery space leads you past an interior courtyard and pool and on to the main living area, where a strong connection to the garden is maintained via large glass sliders on both sides.

Park-like setting of the house, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

  • Architects: Dorrington Architects & Associates
  • Project: Godden Cres
  • Location: Mission Bay, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Photography: Emma-Jane Hetherington
  • Completed: 2012
  • Software used: Sketch Up

Pool side, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

The kitchen, living, dining and outdoor room open on one side to the east-facing garden, and on the other to the pool courtyard. With the sliders open the courtyard becomes an extension of the main living and gallery, connecting this space seamlessly to the rest of the house.

East facade, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

Strong axes are formed from the entry down the length of the gallery to the garden beyond and along the length of the pool to the courtyard garden and spa area. The interior design by Debra Gardien, artfully works in with the architecture.

Main stairs looking through to entry, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

The front yard and entrance were designed so a mature Pururi tree could be retained. Two garage blocks with guest spaces above each create a very private façade. The space between the two blocks creates the entry space.

Living room, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

The main bedroom suite has its own access via stairs from the entry gallery. Glass sliders can be opened for uninterrupted views over the pool and courtyard to the city and harbor beyond. The gallery is divided into two – public and private, the private hallway can be closed down and links the living area to the children’s bedrooms and service areas.

Kitchen, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

A sunken lounge concealed behind the kitchen is a deliberate contrast to the openness and light of the main living area. Here subdued light, plush furnishings and carpeting provide a cozy snug to retreat to. The window providing a view of the garden echoes a similar window in the butler’s pantry.

Kitchen / dining, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

Materials used include stone cladding over concrete block and stained vertical cedar shiplap weatherboards, black powder coated aluminium window frames and Colorsteel tray roofing and membrane roofing.

Gallery to kitchen, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

Main bedroom suite above the pool, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

Looking over the pool to the main living, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

Sunken lounge/media room, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

Front facade, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

Detail of main stairs, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

Detail of screen, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

Park-like setting at dusk, Image Courtesy © Emma-Jane Hetherington

Image Courtesy © Dorrington Architects & Associates

Image Courtesy © Dorrington Architects & Associates

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